Authenticity is a crucial element to a thriving life, yet it requires both courage and vulnerability and the willingness to stand tall in the values and virtues that sustain us. Moving toward a more authentic life, and an ideal sense of self, brings great reward: serenity, wisdom, clarity about who to spend time with and who not, elevated optimism, passion and creativity. And, as we shape our days toward our ideal selves, we begin to draw toward us like-minded and like-hearted people. The journey is not without its costs, however.
In this interactive conversation, Dr. Sirois articulates both the perspectives and tools from the fields of positive psychology and resilience that enable us to develop an inner true north, and the risks to choosing to live without authenticity. We’ll explore what matters most on the journey and how to let go of myths that keep us attached to living into other people’s beliefs about who we should be and what our lives ought to look like. By choosing such a journey, we choose a life that is genuine, healthful and sustaining.
Dr. Maria Sirois bio
Dr. Maria Sirois is a psychologist and seminar leader who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings invigorating practices and perspectives to corporate and non-profit audiences alike, Sirois is the author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. A master teacher, Sirois has been called an orator of great power and beauty. With Tal Ben-Shahar, she co-leads a year long certificate program in positive psychology for executives, educators, entrepreneurs, counselors and the general public. www.mariasirois.com
“Creating a Mindful Classroom” Featuring Linda Lantieri, MA
leading a panel of K-12 educators-Nikki Van Ess, Erin Corcoran, Lisa Sargenti, and Kathryn Hess
For Local Educators and Administrators presented in collaboration with TMI Education.This workshop provided educators with the opportunity to expand their understanding of mindfulness practices andl introduced hands-on strategies for use in the classroom.
This workshop featured mindfulness in education expert, Linda Lantieri, MA, author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children and Director of The Inner Resilience Program. Linda gave a presentation and led a panel of local educators who have integrated mindfulness into their classrooms.Panel members were Nikki Van Ess, Erin Corcoran, Lisa Sargenti and Kathyrn Hess. A question and answer session followed.
Linda Lantieri, MA
Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field in education for over 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Education.
Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is one of the co-founders and presently a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University, Teachers College teaching in a special Master’s Degree Program through the Mind-Body- Spirit Institute at Columbia University, Teachers College.
Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).
K-12 Educator Panelists:
A Second Grade Teacher from Hawes Elementary School, Lisa Sargenti has been practicing a daily three minute morning meditation with her second graders for the past two years. The practice began with her intention to teach her students strategies to feel calm and approach learning with a clear mind. She is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. She enjoys teaching her students controlled breathing and poses throughout their school day.
With a Masters in Reading and multiple yoga certifications, Erin Corcoran is a passionate educator with 28 years’ experience. Throughout her career, she has taught various grade levels at both the elementary and middle school level. She is currently an 8th grade English teacher at Ben Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Besides being a classroom teacher, Erin is also the creator of Move. Reflect. Grow. a teen yoga series that offers an opportunity for teens to take a break from their fast paced, technologically connected life to find the possibility and power within. These classes blend movement, breath work, and reflective journaling which allow teens the opportunity to build confidence and foster a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Erin has completed various mindfulness in education courses and is a Radiant Child Certified Yoga teacher.
Nikki Van Ess
Nikki Van Ess earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware in History Education and joined Hackensack Public Schools in February of 1996. She received her Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching in 2001 from Teachers College Columbia University. After 17 years of teaching for Hackensack Public Schools, Nikki accepted a position as Supervisor of Social Studies and Business for Mahwah Public Schools. As supervisor she leads 20 teachers in curriculum and instruction. In 2014, Nikki trained at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and earned her 200 hour yoga certification. Since certification, she has attended mindfulness training and conferences at Omega, Kripalu, and the Open Center in New York City to work with leaders like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Deepak Chopra, Mindful Based Stress Reduction, and Mindful Schools.
TOOLS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY
with Frank Sileo, PhD
In our increasingly hectic and demanding world, we can find ourselves struggling with feelings of stress and anxiety. The pressures of school, parenting, work and life in general, contribute to making anxiety disorders in children and adults more widespread. Join Dr. Sileo as he discusses the types and prevalence of anxiety disorders in children and adults. He will provide an introduction to mindfulness, practical strategies that can be of great benefit in reducing stress and anxiety, and how to boost natural healing.
Dr. Sileo will engage the audience in some mindfulness exercises that will help cultivate a mindful way of being. A question and answer session will follow.
This lecture is geared toward adults and older students, but there will be a book signing of Dr. Sileo’s children’s book A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness (available for purchase) winner of the Gold medal at the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards, before the lecture.
Location: Student Center Lounges, Ramapo College
For registration and to receive your parking pass, please click here.
About Dr. Frank Sileo
Frank J. Sileo, PhD, is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and the founder and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his doctorate from Fordham University in New York City. In his practice, Dr. Sileo works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Since 2010, he has been consistently recognized as one of New Jersey’s top kids’ doctors. He is an author of six, soon to be seven children’s books. His books are: Toilet Paper Flowers: A Story for Children About Crohn’s Disease, Hold the Cheese Please: A Story for Children About Lactose Intolerance, Bug Bites and Campfires: A Story for Kids About Homesickness, Sally Sore Loser: A Story About Winning and Losing and Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story About Self-Confidence. His books Sally Sore Loser and Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town are His book Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town also won the Silver medal from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. In February 2017, Dr. Sileo had his sixth children’s book published, A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness, Gold Medal recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.. He will have his seventh children’s book on a type of bullying published in October 2017. Dr. Sileo speaks across the country, locally and does school author visits. He has been published in psychological journals and is often quoted in newspapers, magazines, podcasts, webcasts, radio and television. Learn more about Dr. Sileo on his website, drfranksileo.com.
“Self-Healing for Caregivers” with Dr. Michael Kearney and Dr. Radhule Weininger
In this one day seminar for clinicians and caregivers of all disciplines (including parents and those caring for the elderly or chronically ill as well as healthcare professionals) who are interested in formulating an ongoing practice for resilience and self-care, Drs. Kearney and Weininger will examine the different occupational stress syndromes–burnout, vicarious traumatization and moral distress syndrome.
Participants will explore ways to experience healing through the inner-path of mindfulness meditation and the outer-path of sensory engagement with nature. They will formulate their own customized self-care plan and discuss how to bring these insights back into the clinical setting.
Copies of A Place of Healing: Working with Suffering in Living and Dying, Spring Journal Books (2009) and Mortally Wounded: Stories of Soul Pain, Death and Healing, Spring Journal Book (2007)
About Michael Kearney, MD., FRCPI
Michael Kearney has over 30 years experience of working in end-of-life care. Having trained at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, he worked at St Christopher’s Hospice, London and later at Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. His particular interest is in integrated whole-person healthcare and in psychological and existential aspects of end-of-life care. He has written two books, which explore these issues. He has worked with Professor Balfour Mount as Visiting Professor at McGill Medical School, Montreal helping to develop teaching programs on Healing in Medicine in the undergraduate curriculum. He is currently based in Santa Barbara, California where he works as Medical Director of the Palliative Care Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Associate Medical Director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care.
About Radhule Weininger, MD, Ph.D
Radhule Weininger was trained as a physician in Germany and as a clinical psychologist in North America. She has worked for the past 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. Since staying in a monastery in Sri Lanka in 1981, she has been studying Buddhist philosophy and Mindfulness Meditation. She has a special interest in bridging Western and Buddhist psychology. Radhule teaches meditation and dreamwork in individual as well as in group and retreat settings and has just completed a book entitled, “Heartwork: Practicing Compassion in Daily Life.”
“Forgive For Good” with Fred Luskin, Ph.D, Stanford University
October 13, 2016
The 9 steps of forgiveness from the Stanford Forgiveness Project will be highlighted. This ground breaking approach offers insights into the healing powers and medical benefits of forgiveness. Dr. Fred Luskin offers a powerful method in which the emphasis is of letting go of hurt, helplessness and anger while increasing confidence, hope and happiness. Through these powerful techniques individuals can learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. Gratitude and compassion will also be explored as aspects of human goodness that can be developed and nourished.
Dr. Fred Luskin has completed extensive research on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. His research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. It also shows that forgiveness lessons the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.
About Fred Luskin, Ph.D
Dr. Luskin is the author of the best seller Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Stress Free for Good. He has worked with many organizations and has trained lawyers, doctors, church leaders and congregations, hospital staffs, teachers and other professionals to manage stress and enhance forgiveness all over the United States. Dr. Luskin’s work has been featured in Time magazine, O magazine, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and the Wall Street Journal.
Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He also serves as the Co Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Project at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
“Day of Mindfulness” with Blue Cliff monks
The Krame Center hosted a Day of Mindfulness for Ramapo faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a meditation open to Ramapo and the local community at 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. The monks from Blue Cliff joined the day of mindfulness and led a guided meditation, a talk on mindful living and a mindful walk.
“Cultivating Presence in Relationships” with Florence Meleo-Meyer, M.S.,M.A, Center for Mindfulness UMass
Mindfulness, the innate human capacity to be aware in the present moment, with interest and curiosity, can be directly experienced and cultivated with meditation practices. Mindfulness meditation, is practiced both formally and informally. Formal practice includes setting aside time on a regular basis with the specific intention to be present and awake, moment to moment. Informal practice is an invitation to pause many times in a day and choose to be present. Mindfulness, also known as “heartfulness”, is present in all moments of a day, and all days of a life. The potential mental stability, awareness, and greater ease that are associated with the practice of mindfulness can be integrated with intention in relationships with other people. Many people share that, for them, relationships are a source of great joy and, at times, stress. Interpersonal mindfulness offers a means to experience greater freedom as we interact with others.
In our evening together, you will be guided with mindfulness practices, sample a practice of relational mindfulness, explore how we as social beings, long for connection and also can infuse our interactions with greater awareness and compassion, which can enhance quality of life.
About Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of Train the Trainer Program in Oasis Institute, Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness, in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, (CFM) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the CFM for twenty-two years, her work has focused on training MBSR teachers for over 18 years. As director of the Train the Trainer Program, she is dedicated to the development of trainers of MBSR teachers with the intention of extending the potential benefits of MBSR to future generations, and across cultural, and socio-economic groups.
She has taught and presented at medical centers, clinics, non-profit and private sector organizations around the world. She has consulted and collaborated on mindfulness-oriented healthcare provider education programs with colleagues at the Drexel College of Medicine and the University of Rochester Medical School. She is author and narrator of a DVD for young adults, Living Awake™, a contributor to the books, Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Relationship, The MBSR Workbook for Anxiety, and author of a book chapter about teaching MBSR to be published in the summer of 2016.
Dr. Nancy Cotter “Mindfulness for Your Health and Well being”
Join us for an interactive lecture that will provide an overview of the body of research supporting the use of mindfulness for your everyday health and well-being. Learn how mindfulness can positively impact many areas of your life; such as work, relationships, sleep, physical health and nutrition. Participants will begin to create a more “mindful me” as they experience and learn different techniques for inviting mindfulness into their everyday lives.
About Nancy Ann Cotter, Ph. D.
Nancy Ann Cotter is the Lead Physician for Integrative Medicine at the Veterans Association in New Jersey. She is also a Physician for the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation and is helping to guide the implementation of Integrative Health throughout the United States.
Dr. Cotter is a graduate of McGill University and SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. She is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Integrative/ Holistic Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, and holds certifications as a Nutrition Specialist and Functional Medicine practitioner. Dr. Cotter also has training in herbal medicine, osteopathic manipulation and energy medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She uses nutrition, acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle modification as first line tools in her practice.
Dr. Cotter was the founding Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at Atlantic Health in New Jersey. She has authored over 20 publications in Integrative Medicine and pursues research interests in the use of Integrative Medicine modalities in the conventional setting.
Sharon Salzberg“Practicing Self-Compassion to Connect with Others”
We yearn for connection with others, but often our minds get in the way, making judgments that alienate us from one another. Our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness can contribute to this feeling of separation. Core mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques can help us find a truer meaning of love for ourselves and others.
With mindfulness and lovingkindness techniques, and other meditation exercises, as mentioned in her upcoming book Real Love, Sharon Salzberg will guide participants through the process of seeing through layers of habit – whether rooted in fear, self-condemnation or other mental conditioning – to find a truer meaning of love for themselves, for their loved ones, and for all beings and grow this sense of connection. There will be a book signing of the book, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation (available for purchase), before the lecture
A sincere thanks to the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation who partially funded our bringing Sharon Salzberg to the community.
About Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, former contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, and the author of many books including “Real Happiness,” and “Lovingkindness.” She has appeared in Time Magazine, Self, More, Real Simple and on msnbc.com. For more information please visit her website at www.SharonSalzberg.com
Sponsored in part by the Lenz Foundation.
Dr. Ken Verni “Mindfulness and Anxiety: Calming our Anxious Brains with Mindful Awareness”
We all want to feel safe and secure in our lives and our surroundings. Our brain’s anticipatory functions are meant to help with this desire and yet due to the increasingly complex and high paced nature of our lives these safety functions can become over-reactive and chronically activated leaving us feeling unnecessarily anxious. Mindfulness practice helps us to calm down the fight or flight centers of the brain (described as our reptilian brain) and can also bring ease to the body. As our bodies settle down our minds settle as well, so the more ease we can cultivate in our everyday interactions the less prone we may be to activating our ‘lizard’ brain. Please consider joining this conversation as we explore how Mindful Awareness can help calm the anxious brain.
About Dr. Ken Verni
Our presenter, Dr. Ken Verni is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years practicing mindfulness meditation. He has received advanced training as an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction curriculum at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. As director of the NJ Center for Mindful Awareness, he is a frequent speaker and educator on the topic of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offers trainings and workshops for professionals and the general public throughout New Jersey including leading an intensive MBSR program at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC.
“Conscious Eating” with Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert
Using an evidenced based scientific and hands-on approach, you will learn about the intertwined connection between mind-body and eating. Dr. Ehlert will take you through a full sensory eating experience and guide you through the process of making life-long changes that will benefit your health.
Traditional weight loss and weight management methods are ineffective because they do not address the biological, neurological and psychological reasons that drive us to eat. Becoming fully aware of what, where and why we eat the foods we choose is at the core of “Conscious Eating”.
About Dr. Jacqueline Ehlert
Dr. Ehlert, holds a doctoral degree in eating behavior from Teacher’s College Columbia University and received her registered dietitian certification from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She has a nutrition practice in Bergen County and has taught nutrition for the past 22 years at different colleges and universities including the faculty of dentistry at the University of Western Ontario and has run the nutrition programs for students at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is also a research fellow at Ramapo College and lecturer in the Master’s of Nutrition Program at Montclair State University and the Masters of Diabetes Education at Columbia University.
Her strength lies in her ability to communicate and synthesize complex nutrition information so that it is easily understood.
“Deep Listening” with Pauline Oliveros
Deep Listening is a practice that encourages heightened awareness of the sounds in our environment. In this experiential workshop we will explore the difference between involuntary hearing and selective listening. Pauline Oliveros will engage the audience in her sonic (sound-based) meditations followed by a concert with composer, performer, Seth Cluett and Trumpeter, Ben Neill.
Pauline Oliveros is a composer, performer, humanitarian and senior figure in contemporary American music. She has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening practice. Her most recent publication is: Anthology of Text Scores; Deep Listening Publications.
“Meditative Practice and the Breath” with Petri Berndtson
A free workshop offered Tuesday, October 27, 7-8:30pm in the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College.A philosopher and former lecturer at Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Lahti, Finland, Petri Berndtson will speak on meditation and the profound significance of the function and meaning of breath in mindfulness practices and everyday life. He is currently editing an interdisciplinary book of essays on the philosophy, science and symbolism of breathing. His research is focused on the connection between philosophy and breathing, thinking and respiration. Petri has lectured throughout the world.
He was one of the Invited Speakers at the Life of Breath Project’s Official Launch Event (University of Bristol, UK) (www.lifeofbreath.org/Launch-event.php) and he is one of the Invited Speakers at the 3rd Annual Breath Immersion 2015 Conference (Kripula Center for Yoga and Health, MA, USA.
“Meditation and Writing: The Stories We Carry” with Dani Shapiro
Best selling Author Dani Shapiro
An acclaimed literary novelist and nonfiction writer, Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of three memoirs, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (2013); Devotion; and Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Life Rescued by Tragedy. Her five acclaimed novels include Family History and Black & White, both of which are in development as feature films.
Dani was chosen by Arianna Huffington to speak at the New York City “Thrive” conference. She spoke about the role of mindfulness and meditation and the creative process and led an experiential workshop that includes meditation and generative writing exercises that explore the stories inside us.
Watch Dani Shapiro video, coming soon.
“Mindfulness in Everyday Life” with Dr. Donna Rockwell
“Neurology of Addiction” and “How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Habits and Live Happier, Healthier Lives” with Judson Brewer
Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D., the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness UMass Medical School has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences. You can read about his work in Time magazine, Forbes, BBC, NPR Businessweek or view his TEDx talk or 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper.
First Presentation The Neurology of Addiction –Psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of addiction and how these are targeted by mindfulness meditation.”
Second Presentation-How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Habits and Live Happier, Healthier Lives.